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Mount Kimbie Preps New EP, Releases Free Track

Kai Campos and Dom Maker—the prolific London duo known as Mount Kimbie—have announced news of their next EP, Carbonated, to be released June 27 on Hotflush. Read more » 

Light Asylum Signs to Mexican Summer

The Brooklyn duo of producer Bruno Coviello and vocalist Shannon Funchess (a.k.a. Light Asylum) has been in a label limbo of sorts since self-releasing the excellent In Tension EP last year. Well, consider the label-less period of the Light Asylum saga finished as fellow Brooklynites Mexican Summer have penned a deal with the group, which is said to include a proper release of the aforementioned EP and—the big news—an eventual full-length to come in 2012. Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2011

Skweee Extravaganza: New Releases From LoDubs/Grand Cooley, Daniel Savio, and Rigas

Weee love us some skweee over at XLR8R, as you may already know, so we're pleased to announce a few new releases from some of the scene's biggest players. Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2011

Download: Tokimonsta "Bright Shadows"

Jennifer Lee (a.k.a. Tokimonsta) is set to release a new EP, entitled Creature Dreams, via Brainfeeder on May 17. To complement the release, the LA-based producer has offered up a free download to whet our palettes. "Bright Shadows" is a jazzy number led by a glide-ridden vibrato melody and punctuated by found-sound percussion, modulated '90s-house stabs, and filtered kicks. Have a listen to the song and check out the EP artwork and tracklisting after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (160 votes)

Planetary Evolution: 10 Game-Changing Moments in Planet E History

As Carl Craig's pioneering second-wave techno label Planet E turns 20, we chatted with the longtime Detroit-based producer, DJ, remixer, and label owner about some of his, and the company's, finest moments. Read more » 

Download a Free EP From San Francisco's Wav Dwgs

Late last month we shared a superb remix of "Age" by San Franciscan duo Wav Dwgs, which is comprised of hardware obsessives Bobby Browser and Greg Zifcak (of Eats Tapes fame), by fellow Bay Area producer Roche. That remix came from an EP called Condensation, which has just been made available for free download. Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2011

Chad Valley Preps Second EP For Cascine

One of the handful of choice artists hard at work delivering an array of pop-friendly sounds on the New York/London-based Cascine label (read more in depth about that imprint here), producer Chad Valley has announced he will release his second EP for the up-and-coming record hub. Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2011

Review: Daedelus Bespoke

Label: Ninja Tune

Alfred Darlington (a.k.a. Daedelus) is a dandy fella who usually has a keen nose for grooves he exhumes from discarded pop records hidden below the stacks of one-dollar Streisand albums that pollute LA's thrift shops. At his best, he floats in a psychedelic hip-hop/IDM realm that can recall De La Soul's "D.A.I.S.Y. Age." That said, Bespoke often shoots for the psych virtue of sensory overload and instead ends up a frustrating mess. Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2011

Grab XLR8R's Top 30 MP3s of the Year... So Far

Well, spring has sprung, and we've got some hot tunes... Wait, no...

Well, the sun is finally out, and what better a way to celebrate than to bring you XLR8R's hottest spring jams. Wait, nah...

Well, it's that time again—you know, the red-letter date of April 27, when we roll out our annual third-of-the-way-through-the-year list of our top 30 MP3s...? Read more » 

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  • 04/27/2011

Download: Ford & Lopatin "Emergency Room (Gavin Russom Remix)"

Label: Software/Mexican Summer

With their forthcoming debut LP, Channel Pressure, Ford and Lopatin will be expanding their scope as purveyors of sample-heavy '80s nostalgia, an effort that began with last year's That People Play EP (released under the duo's now-discarded Games moniker). Ahead of the album's June 7 release date, the Brooklyn outfit will be dropping a limited-edition 12" of first single "Emergency Room," with remixes by Gavin Russom and The Bug. Placing his signature proggy stamp on the synthesized funk of the original, Russom teases the track out an extra four minutes with a simmering acid line and arpeggiations that wouldn't sound out of place on his Crystal Ark project. Combine that with a heap of toms in the low end and glistening synthesized cicada noises and you have a good recipe for a 5am anthem. The "Emergency Room" 12" is available digitally now, and those who want to get their hands on one of the rare slabs on vinyl can order a copy here. In the meantime, do check out the vinyl artwork, which is posted after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (37 votes)

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